Preliminary games continue at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships
Preliminary Games - Day 2 of 3
Schedule, Standings and Scores
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (June 24, 2017) – The 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships continued Saturday with the second day of preliminary play at the Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, S.D.
More than 200 games have been completed, by the nearly 4,000 players participating, with over 200 college coaches in attendance. While teams attempted to get in good position for advancement on Saturday, Sunday’s action will determine which 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls teams move on to the semifinals.
17U Boys USAi 00 Premier (IN) earned a significant 4-2 win against KC Fusion Academy 2000 (KS) to keep the team alive for a chance to advance. USAi head coach Roberto Cuiriz discussed the importance of Saturday’s game and what is at stake for the last day of preliminary games.
“It was huge. We lost our game yesterday, and the only way we could stay alive was to go out and win today,” Cuiriz said. “The boys came out and did a fantastic job and got that done. Tomorrow, we have to win. That’s it. A tie isn’t going to get us anywhere. These guys have to get some rest, recover quickly, and we got another tough game tomorrow.”
The 224 participating US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 19/20U age groups represent 14 State Associations - host South Dakota State Soccer Association, and Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South and Wisconsin.
Some highlights from Saturday’s games:
2004 Rush (WI) claimed a 4-0 win over DASC Fusion (SD), earning its first win of the competition. Diego Ross quickly gained the first goal in the third minute, while Timothy Browning added a goal in the 12th minute. Rush continued to keep the ball in dangerous areas in front of DASC’s goal. Ross started Rush’s third goal with a corner kick and found Nicholas Gehring’s head to redirect to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ross also played a role in the fourth goal as he took a short corner kick, received the ball back and served it into the 18-yard box for Simon Bilessi to pick up and place in the back of the net. In the second half, DASC pushed forward and attempted to get on the board, but Rush walked away with the win.
Sporting BV 03 (KS) earned a 2-1 victory against Midwest United FC 03 Royal (MI). In the first half, Sporting BV took the lead when Grace Bartlett received the ball and placed the ball into the upper net for a right foot, first time finish. After the goal, the ball traveled from one end of the field to the other until Midwest United began to pile on the pressure with multiple corner kicks and opportunities. Midwest United had a hopeful chance when Brittany Probst took a shot at the top corner of the 18-yard box, which skimmed over the crossbar. Sporting BV began to gain momentum back and was able to get a result when Emily Morfeld lobbed the ball over the Midwest United goalkeeper for a top corner finish. Midwest United came out in the second half determined to get back into the game. Its hard work was rewarded when Lindsay Cole sent a free kick from the left flank across the goal for Probst to volley the ball into the net. Midwest United was hungry for another goal and worked for the equalizer, but Sporting BV held the Michigan team off until the final whistle.
NFC 02 Blue (NE) now holds a 2-0-0 record after a 2-0 win against Sporting Iowa (IA). Early in the game, there were chances on both ends of the field as neither team clearly dominated the play. NFC claimed the lead as Omar Fregoso-Soltero netted a goal in the fourth minute of the match. The Nebraska team increased its lead when a long ball was sent across the field and placed directly in front of Charles Howard to volley past the goalkeeper. Sporting Iowa began to string several passes together, taking its chances with promising crosses into the 18-yard box and shots traveling just over the goal. In the second half, Sporting Iowa came out just as it ended the first half—keeping possession and searching for one goal to put it back into the game—but NFC claimed the victory.
Kings Hammer Academy Red (KY) defeated Pacesetter Villa Red (OH-N), 5-2, on the second day of preliminary play. The Kentucky side posted four goals in the first half as Brooke Harden added two goals, and Madelyn Young as well as Maya Decker each contributed a goal. In the second half, Kings Hammer earned its fifth goal when Abigail Wesselkamper placed the ball in the pocket of the top right corner of the goal. Pacesetter attempted to get back into the game as Gabriella Pool found some space with the ball and slot the ball on the ground to the right side of the net. Pool earned Pacesetter’s second goal when she dribbled through a few defenders and her shot was deflected into the goal. However, Pacesetter did not close the gap during the remainder of the game, and Kings Hammer took the win.
USAi 00 Premier (IN) picked up a much needed three points after defeating KC Fusion Academy 2000 (KS) 4-2. KC Fusion got on the board first with a 13th-minute goal from Jackson Wood, but USAi’s Kendall Allen responded one minute later with a goal. The score remained tied for the remainder of the half, but USAi came out of halftime with determination and earned positive results within minutes of each other. USAi took the lead when a free kick at midfield found Allen to flick a header into the goal. Four minutes later, USAi made it a 3-1 game after some combination play and Jalen Rice cut the ball back to Allen, once again, who finished the goal first time with his left foot. Randy Betancourt-Lopez increased the lead one more as he dribbled through a few defenders and sent a strike to the left back post of the goal. In the 71st minute, KC Fusion cut into USAi’s lead as Aidan Bates received a ball on the ground and passed the ball into the goal. Although KC Fusion had several last-minute opportunities to catch up, the game concluded with a 4-2 result in USAi’s favor.
Nationals Union 99 Black (MI) gained a second win for the event after claiming a 5-1 win against Sporting SI Lady Courage (IN). Nationals went up 1-0 in the 26th minute with a goal from Paige Goodman. In the second half, Nationals put Sporting under a large amount of pressure and eventually earned a second goal when Cecilia Steinwascher took a shot and a miscue from the Sporting goalkeeper allowed the ball to land in the net. Six minutes later, it became a 3-0 game as the ball was dropped back for Riley McCleese to strike first time, which deflected into the goal. Julie Ann Piechocki and Darline Radamaker each added a goal for Nationals, and even though Katelyn Schroeder earned a late goal for Sporting, Nationals claimed the victory.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres (MN) and ICA/ISC 98/99 (IA) battled to a 1-1 draw. Arianna Morgan put the ball in the back of the net for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in the 14th minute. However, ICA/ISC retaliated in the 32nd minute when Alina Steffen found an open gap with the ball and slot the ball to left bottom corner. During the second half, the play remained in the middle of the field, while both teams worked hard to find the game winner, but neither team could convert a goal before the final whistle.
Regional winners of the 13U through 19/20U age groups earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 24-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 15U through 19/20U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.
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